Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The John Turnbull Story 

Bill and Charlie looking for horses help out an old friend John Turnbull (an Ute lawyer) defend his reservation against local land sharks who look to initiate a range war so the army will push the local residents off their land.

Director:

Charles F. Haas

Writer:

Gene L. Coon
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale (credit only)
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Denny Miller ... Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Henry Silva ... John Turnbull
Warren Stevens ... Jack Thorne
Steven Geray ... Jacob Solomon
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... T.J. Gingle
Carleton Young ... Judge Burkhardt
I. Stanford Jolley ... Burro Beetle
Frank Wilcox ... Col. Draper
John War Eagle ... Nah-An-Kanay
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Telegraph Operator
X Brands ... 1st Indian Brave
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Storyline

Bill and Charlie have been sent to a small town near an Ute reservation. They tried dealing with T.J. Gingle who is a major player in the town but he wanted twice the price for wore out horses. They spot three men beating up a lone man in an alley. After breaking up the fight, they help the man, an Ute, with his wounds who Bill suddenly recognizes. Bill caught him as a young Ute brave and turned him over to the Army. He now goes by the name John Turnbull and graduated from Columbia Law School back East. He is now trying to represent his Ute tribe against Gingle and others who want to grab their land for development. John's partner, Jacob Solomon, is helping by being the lawyer of record due to the local judge, Judge Burkhardt, keeping John from practicing. Bill decides to buy the horses they need from the Utes which gives them the money they need to file their lawsuit. This puts Bill and Charlie in the middle of the land fight which turns nasty when hired gun, Jack Thorne, kills ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bill Hawks' sense of fair play
9 February 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Terry Wilson and Frank McGrath come to town to buy 50 head of horses for the Wagon Train and get involved in a nasty dispute between the town and the Ute Indians who have a nearby reservation. It starts when Bill and Charlie pull three men beating up on Henry Silva.

Silva is a special fellow, he and Terry Wilson have some history. Since that time he got a white man's education and is a lawyer. But he can't get into court because land baron Dayton Lummis and his partner gambler/gunfighter Warren Stevens own the court and Judge Carleton Young.

Silva's not without resources either with a law partner Steven Geray of whom it is said his people were the ancestors of the American Indian. A Jewish lawyer with a sense of justice and fair play.

Qualities that are also present in Terry Wilson. His payment to the Utes allow the tribe to pay the filing fees for court. But that's only the beginning.

A few familiar names in the guest cast make this Wagon Train story a good one. And one where top billed John McIntire and Robert Horton make nary an appearance.


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